The PlayBuilders Concept
Identifying and Introducing Ourselves to a Community
PlayBuilders identifies a community that we are interested in doing a play with. We approach individuals and organizations in the community and talk about our idea of producing a play. If they are interested, we commit ourselves to the project. They become our “Community Partners” and introduce us to other individuals or organizations within the community.
Story Circles and Research
Several “Story Circles” are organized. We ask specific questions like, “What is it about your community that you are most proud of?”, and “What is it you are most concerned about?” We also ask more personal questions like,”When did you first move here?”, “Why do you stay”, and “What do you think of…” We listen carefully to the answers the community provides us, because it directly influences the plot and theme of the play.
Our playwright returns home to write the play, using the information gained from community members and other research methods. This can take six months to a year.
Community Feedback Leads to Final Draft
PlayBuilders returns to the community with the new play and holds rehearsed readings so our playwright can take feedback and suggestions from the invited audience.
The playwright writes the final draft and PlayBuilders selects a meaningful place within the community for performances.
Community Auditions and Public Performance
PlayBuilders returns to the community with the lead artists (director, stage manager, designers and technicians) and community auditions are held. The play is rehearsed for approximately 4 weeks; meanwhile, the set is built, lights are hung and costumes are made. During final week of rehearsals PlayBuilders hosts a potluck cast party.
Finally and joyfully, the play is performed for the public. The entire process takes approximately two years.
PlayBuilders recoverers its expenses through fundraising and ticket sales. The only cost to the community is their time and talent.